Wait­ing for the ham­mer to fall

The News (New Glasgow) - - SPORTS - Kevin Adshade Kevin Adshade is sports­writer with The News. His col­umn ap­pears each week.

Ran­dom Sports Thoughts:

■ Af­ter go­ing 13 games without a win, the ju­nior A Crush­ers have started a win streak of their own. So far, it’s just one game, but hey, you’ve got to start some­where.

It’ll be in­ter­est­ing to see if they can build on that, but with tough games loom­ing in the next six days - Sum­mer­side, Truro and Yar­mouth in that or­der - that’ll be no small task. That said, if a team wants to start mak­ing se­ri­ous noise, they’ve got to start beat­ing op­po­nents that on pa­per are bet­ter than you are. Maybe not all of them, just a cou­ple of them. Or even one of them.

■ “You know what?” I say to the wife, while on va­ca­tion and watch­ing Judge Judy, as Char­lie the budgie was voic­ing his usual early-af­ter­noon squawks from his perch on the cof­fee ta­ble.

He does that, you know – Char­lie just starts up for no ap­par­ent rea­son, usu­ally around 12:30 p.m., and if any­body sit­ting near him doesn’t like the ear-bleed­ing noise, well, that’s re­ally too bad, isn’t it?

If he had a lit­tle ham­mer, he’d pick it up with his strong beak and start smash­ing things with it, just for fun. We like that about him.

“If Judge Judy has presided over the O.J. Simp­son trial,” I yell over what­ever Char­lie is say­ing, “he never would have been ac­quit­ted. She doesn’t put up with any non­sense in her court­room.” It’s true.

Judge Judy would have squashed the shenani­gans of the de­fence lawyers and main­tained con­trol over the pro­ceed­ings. Quite likely, Simp­son would to this day be rot­ting in prison, a con­victed dou­ble-mur­der­ing thug, as op­posed to be­ing an ac­quit­ted dou­ble-mur­der­ing thug.

■ While the World Se­ries was bor­ing, fea­tur­ing two teams al­most no­body could cheer for (Bos­ton Red Sox and Los An­ge­les Dodgers), the best team won. The Red Sox were the class of Ma­jor League Base­ball this year and didn’t slow down in the play­offs, dis­patch­ing the Dodgers in five games and do­ing it with rel­a­tive ease. It’s not ex­actly easy, they just made it look easy.

Non-Sports Thought of the Week

■ It was just like old times at Westville coun­cil meet­ing: mi­nor bick­er­ing be­tween coun­cil­lors, up­set res­i­dents ver­bally joust­ing with the coun­cil, me think­ing about the Browns fir­ing an­other head coach and how that will af­fect our foot­ball sea­son.

Now, it wasn’t nearly as bad as what you might have seen 15 years ago at a Westville coun­cil meet­ing, an era when, among other things, a cou­ple of coun­cil mem­bers messed up the polic­ing agree­ment with the Town of New Glas­gow be­cause they just had to act out in a pub­lic set­ting on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

Coun. Lynn Mac­Don­ald (I’ve liked her for­ever) ex­changed words with Coun. Len­nie White (I don’t re­ally know the guy) and she also had emo­tional words with a Westville res­i­dent when the group was dis­cussing the idea of let­ting Pi­o­neer Coal do some coal ex­ploratory drilling in Westville.

But cooler heads pre­vailed and at least Mayor Roger MacKay was will­ing to loudly bang the gavel a cou­ple of times, tak­ing con­trol of the mild un­pleas­ant­ness and bring­ing ev­ery­one in line – and mak­ing Mac­Don­ald al­most jump out of her chair in sur­prise – in­stead of let­ting the free-for-all con­tinue un­abated. Roger likes that gavel so much, the base is start­ing to splin­ter, but some­times you need to bring the gavel down hard.

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